Life is Better With Ethics

This occasional podcast series previews upcoming events in the center's programming, highlights ethics-related activities around campus and the wider community, and initiates conversations about timely topics with an ethical dimension.

Latest Episodes

2022 Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture

Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh spoke with Ronald Kramer, professor of sociology at Western Michigan University, on April 12, 2022, for the Center's 2022 Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

 

 

Disputed Memorials and the Moral Standards Question

Ainsley Carry, vice-president for students, University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), spoke with Sandra L. Borden, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University, on April 5, 2022, as part of the Center's Spring 2022 lecture series. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

 

Business Ethics and Sustainability

Timothy Palmer, WMU professor of management, spoke with Sandra L. Borden, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University, on March 30, 2022, as part of the Center's Spring 2022 lecture series. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

 

Volunteer Tax Preparation in Alaska

This program was recorded on March 28, 2022, with philosophy Professor Fritz Allhoff and WMU senior Jacob Grosan, who traveled to Anchorage as part of the Alaska Tax Program. The student team did taxes for approximately 200 rural households. How does this program help Alaskans from lower-income communities? What do students get out of this experience? Hosted, produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

 

Do We Have a Duty of Moral Attention?

Victoria Vuletich, CEO of Ethics2 in Grand Rapids, spoke with Sandra L. Borden, director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University, on March 14, 2022, as part of the Center's Spring 2022 lecture series.

 

 

Getting to Know the Ethics Bowl Competition

This program was recorded on March 25, 2022. Our guests are Jeanine DeLay, president of A2Ethics, which coordinates the Michigan High School Ethics Bowl; Anna Kietzerow, a former member and coach of WMU's APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team, now a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Virginia; and Adam Waggoner, a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Michigan, where he is an outreach coordinator for the Michigan High School Ethics Bowl. Hosted by Sandra L. Borden. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

business education and protecting the environment

This program was recorded on March 14, 2022, with Timothy Palmer, WMU professor of management and director of the Haworth College of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business Practices. What is sustainability, and why does it raise ethical questions? How have businesses come around to acknowledging a moral duty to protect the environment? Why is it especially important for business students to learn about sustainability? This interview previews themes in Dr. Palmer's ethics lecture on March 30, 2022. Hosted by Cara Walters. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

Ethics and Gaming

This program was recorded on February 17, 2022, with Alec Koppers, an M.A. student in Philosophy. What ethical issues are presented by the gamification of violence? How do users negotiate personal identity in digital spaces? What ethical responsibilities do game designers have? Hosted by Sandra L. Borden. Produced and edited by Alec Koppers.

 

 

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